IRIS Learning Trust was formed in June 2018 and is based in the North East of England. We are proud to serve our communities and aim to offer outstanding educational provision.
The Trust believes that to be successful and promote a culture of excellence and aspiration, we need to place improving the lives and outcomes of children at the heart of everything we do.


create a culture of high expectation and commitment to success


through our daily work secure excellent academies for our local communities

grow and learn together

work with children and families to create great places of learning for all

IRIS Learning Trust

Corporation Road





Fordfield Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 0DA

01915 537655

Highfield Academy

Reception (Classes 2 & 3)

Bug Hotel

In Reception as part of our RRSA (Rights Respecting School Award) we are trying our very best to be more environmentally friendly. We have a weekly Eco warrior who makes sure that all of our lights are switched off when we are not in the room to save electricity.

This week we talked about other ways we could help the environment and decided that we could make our outdoor area more attractive to wildlife. We decided to make a bug hotel. We all collected sticks and pine cones and put them into our hotel along with some bricks and some bamboo canes.

Autumn Crafternoon

This week in Reception we had our Autumn stay and play. We enjoyed spending some time with our grown-ups showing them how we have settled into Reception over the last eight weeks. We all shared an Autumn story; even our grown-ups! making leafy hedgehogs Then we did lots of fun crafty activities like; making leafy hedgehogs, creating leaf rubbings, making clay hedgehogs and we had a chocolate dipping station.

Brilliant Beebots

In Reception we have been using the bee-bots to learn some basic computer programming skills. We talked about how just like a computer, the bee-bots have their own memory and can remember lots of instructions at the same time. Before we gave it new instructions we had to remember to tell the bee-bot to forget our last instruction. We used our number skills and took it in turns to make the bee-bots move across the mat from 0-10. We had lots of fun!

Our first week

In reception we have had a very busy first week. We have enjoyed making new friends and getting to know our teachers. We have tried very hard all week in our new lessons and we are getting very good at singing the alphabet chant to help us in Phonics. We have particularly enjoyed our first PE lesson where we played some team building games to help us get to know our friend’s names.